Hollywood Bowl Traffic Implications for Phish Concert April 21, 22, & 23, 2023

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (LAPA) operates the Hollywood Bowl venue through a 30 year long term operating lease agreement with the County of Los Angeles (current lease expires June 30, 2034). On average, LAPA operates the Hollywood Bowl from April to November each year and puts on 110+ concerts each season that brings over 1 million people to the venue and generates about $72 million in revenues. In the past few years, LAPA has outsourced more and more events to a for-profit company, Live Nation Entertainment. About 35% (38 out of 110) of the concerts at the Hollywood Bowl are ‘leased’ events by LAPA to other groups like Live Nation.

These ‘leased’ events fill the 17,500 seat venue with many new customers that are not familiar with the transportation demand management programs (like the park and ride locations) that are offered by LAPA. The increase in cars begin to overwhelm the local neighborhood streets in Outpost Estates, Hollywood Heights, Cahuenga Pass, Whitley Heights, Hollywood Knolls, and Hollywood Dell. Background and context of the issue are outlined here

Many recall the 2021 Hollywood Bowl Grateful Dead concert that LAPA leased to Live Nation where there were significant traffic, trash and other issues. Pictures of the traffic on the small Hollywood Hills neighborhood streets that prevent fire trucks and ambulances from getting through the traffic are pictures below for reference.

Outpost Neighborhood Association participates in the Hollywood Bowl Community Advisory Board that meets with LAPA and other neighborhood groups surrounding the Hollywood Bowl to address traffic and other issues resulting from LAPA Hollywood Bowl Operations. Based on neighborhood feedback, LAPA has agreed to take the following proactive measures for the upcoming leased Live Nation concert featuring Phish on Friday April 21, Saturday April 22, and Sunday April 23, 2023: 

  • Increased Traffic Direction Officers on select neighborhood streets
  • Full street closures (no traffic in or out) on Milner Road and Camrose Drive
  • No overnight parking
  • No trailers or campers allowed
  • No tailgating/no vendor village
  • Parking passes only

If any traffic or other issues are identified, please submit a report via the form below as LAPA has agreed to monitor this submission form live during the concerts to address concerns in real time: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfoSRcvfRvaRQD2Klwo9NdK9A1V5mSpKA5ODhCqfbACdNCACQ/viewform 

Picture taken on La Presa Drive during Hollywood Bowl concerts. Neighbors on this street report that it is very hard, if not impossible, to get an ambulance or fire truck through during an emergency.

Picture taken on Sycamore Trail during Hollywood Bowl Events. Neighbors report it is very hard, if not impossible, to get an ambulance or fire truck through during an emergency

Picture taken on Outpost Drive on October 23, 2021 at 5:44pm during a Hollywood Bowl concert. Traffic was at a standstill for 3 hours with continued heavy traffic late into the evening. During this day, there was a leased show at the Hollywood Bowl for “We Can Survive” that started at 6:30pm

2 thoughts on “Hollywood Bowl Traffic Implications for Phish Concert April 21, 22, & 23, 2023”

  1. This is not good. Can’t imagine how emergency vehicles can come through/up should we ever have a real emergency. Running into this gridlock is a nightmare-ish scenario.

  2. LArry Luchtel

    Thanks for this very informative posting about the challenges we face in the outpost the states neighborhood.

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